California shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches

Henrietta Strickland
July 14, 2020

The seven-day average number of new daily COVID-19 cases as of July 12 is 8,664, which represents a substantial increase from the seven-day average a week prior of 6,987 cases per day.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday the Trump administration is "trying to correct" its guidance from earlier in the coronavirus epidemic that wearing face coverings was not necessary.

"We're going back into modification mode of our original stay at home order", said Newsom, a Democrat.

The order means that indoor and outdoor bars must shut down, and restaurants were told to close indoor operations. Takeout is allowed under the measure.

In addition, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, card rooms, zoos, museums, bowling alleys, miniature golf and other family entertainment centers will be closed across California.

"If we just try to mandate it, you have to have an enforcement mechanism and we're in the midst of a moment when over-policing has caused many different individuals to be killed for very minor offenses", he said. But in some counties, less than 20 percent are available, the governor added.

"This continues to be a disease that puts people in our ICUs, in our hospitals and is now putting a strain on our hospital system ..."

As of Monday, state hospitals reported a 27.8% increase in hospitalized patients over the last 14 days, and a 19.9% increase in ICU hospitalized patients over that same period.

The governor's announcement comes after California's two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, announced that their schools will not return to in-person classes next month but will begin the school year using an online-only model. Newsom said the move Monday to resurrect tough restrictions was a response to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state.

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